Local sports, events cancelled as smoke builds in Bay Area

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Smoke hangs thick in the air above Los Altos Hills Wednesday afternoon.

Local schools and athletic programs are cancelling events as smoke from the wine country wildfires thickens across Los Altos. 

LAPD gains new officers, promotes others

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The Los Altos Police Department swore-in and promoted 10 officers Sept. 28 in front of friends, family and co-workers at the Los Altos Youth Center. New officers sworn in by Chief Andy Galea include Miguel Wong; Josh Cottrell, formerly the department’s community service officer; Brian Werner; and Kevin Vitorelo. Those promoted were Ryan Burke, from agent to sergeant; and Michael Taylor, Jessica Vernon and Eric Bardwell, from officers to agents. Elizabeth Pina also took the oath as communications officer, and Judy Maloney was promoted to police services manager.

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Oct. 4, 8:07 p.m.: 100 block of Bryant Street, Mountain View

Auto burglary

Oct. 7, 1:28 p.m.: 1400 block of North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View

LAPD joins in National Coffee with a Cop Day

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Officer Brian Werner and Police Services Manager Judy Maloney, above, talk with residents on Coffee with a Cop Day Oct. 4 at Green Bakery and Cafe.

Debbie Gable was on her way to work last week when she popped into Green Bakery and Cafe in Rancho Shopping Center to grab her morning cup of coffee.

But what was supposed to be a quick pit stop turned into a 30-minute detour as she struck up conversations with members of the Los Altos Police Department.

Police search for suspects in Walgreens robberies

Los Altos Police detectives are reviewing surveillance video to uncover the identities of two men who robbed the downtown Walgreens Thursday night.

At approximately 8:20 p.m., two men wearing hoodies entered the store, located at 303 Second St., jumped over the pharmacy counter and doused a pharmacist with pepper spray, according to police reports. The men left with prescription medications, including codeine.

$10K reward offered in wake of classroom fire at Egan

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A fire ravaged four classrooms, including the one above, at Egan Junior High School in Los Altos Oct. 1.

The Santa Clara County Fire Department is offering up to a $10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to a suspect, an arrest or a conviction in the fire that badly burned a classroom at Egan Junior High School earlier this month, according to Ryan Cronin, acting chief fire investigator.

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